Saturday, March 31, 2007

BuccaneerMike's Standalone Player at Project Playlist

BuccaneerMike has been sorting and culling and is building a great freakin' playlist over at projectplaylist.com. No, not really a contender to other playlists sitting around in various formats, but one that gets me in the right frame of mind when playing poker. I have some pretty diverse tastes in my music, and he's got everything from AC/DC (my personal suggestion: "She Got The Jack" by AC/DC, the greatest poker song that really isn't) to Tom Jones, with stops at Nickelback ("Next Contestant" is my new favorite song of all time, with "Real Big Time", the mashup of Peter Gabriel, Mannie Fresh, and Jean Knight a close second) and Rick James. It isn't huge, but it's goodly stuff, and I have to see if he'll shoot me the codes to pop that baby in here someplace, if I can keep it from playing immediately upon loading a page (a personal pet peeve of mine).





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Much thanks...

... again to Iggy, who was the first to step and help me out with winning my bet. I'd made a bet that I could hit a certain target for selling links in the first quarter of the year, and was $7 short with 39 hrs to go.

Thanks also to Tripjax for being willing to be an alternate, just in case.

I promise I'll toss it back into the poker blogger economy this week at the Mookie, probably in donktastic fashion.

Friday, March 30, 2007

We have a taker!

Leave it to the one guy that didn't NEED a link from me, or anyone else, to step up and help a brudda' out:

Ignatious has left a new comment on your post "Help me win a silly bet!":

email me yer ft name :)


That's why he's called The Blogfather. Now, go to Party Poker and give them Bonus Code Iggy.

Help me win a silly bet!

For reasons I can't disclose (but they involve a silly bet), I need to sell a text-link for $7.01, so if you, Mr. Advertiser, would like a link on this site for, let's say, 2 weeks, and can send the $7.01 to me by MIDNIGHT, Saturday, March 31, 2007 at Full Tilt or Stars or Paypal, I'll write up a nice short post thanking you with your link in it. And who knows, if I forget to delete it two weeks from now, it's a helluva deal... ;-)

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Words of Wisdom from Mini-Me

"I could use a good beating"

Verne Troyer to Tracy Bingham
Yeah, so, if I decide to join the Mookie tonight it will be with that mindset. Not a good week at the online felt. Besides I really ought to spend a little time with Mrs. Big and watch her show with her. She's a Lost fanatic.

Why would I do this?

Because... because... I'll be playing my first LIVE POKER this weekend in almost 2 yrs!

BuccaneerMike and Joeboddy are bringing over a new 5th-wheel camper on a shakeout run before Joeboddy starts chasing the boys from Nascar all over the south. They waited too long, though, and missed out on getting a site out on one of the islands here, so we're stuck inland in St. Augustine. I'll be hitting the phones hard the next couple days to try to lock down any cancellations.

I haven't played live since I got laid off many moons ago, but I can't pass up the opportunity. Gotta dig out a few more players to round out Saturday night's game, though. Mrs. Big gave me a kitchen pass - must be all the clean living - and I have no clue where I'm going to pull together a live-roll, but where there's a will, there's a way. Maybe Saturday afternoon playing $2 poker with the donks at the track.

Whatever, I'll figger it out.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Monday, March 26, 2007

It ain't just us...

Press Release
NETELLER Announces Service Changes to Canadian and Turkish Market


Monday, 26 March 2007 – The NETELLER Plc Group (“NETELLER” or the “Group”) (LSE: NLR), the leading global independent online money transfer business, today announced several significant changes to its services in a number of markets.

The Group continually assesses the risk profile and status of the markets its serves. Recent actions by regulators, payment processors, and online gaming operators have increased the uncertainty around certain activities related to online gambling in some jurisdictions. The Board of Directors of the Company reached a decision, on 25 March 2007, that the risk to the Group’s ongoing business in Canada and Turkey has increased in the light of such developments. The Board has therefore concluded that the Group will no longer process transfers related to online gambling sites on behalf of Canada or Turkey resident customers.

Reduced Service to Canada
Cessation of Canadian transfers to gambling merchants: the Group will cease processing online gambling related transactions for Canada-resident customers with effect from 12.01 AM MST Monday 9 April 2007.
Suspension of InstaCASH transactions: As of today Monday 26 March 2007, at 12:01 AM MST, Canada-resident customers were no longer able to deposit funds using NETELLER’s instaCASH service either directly or from any online gambling site.
Non-gambling services continue: Canada-resident customers will continue to be able to use their e-wallet accounts for non-gambling transactions, including peer-to-peer and pre-paid debit transactions.
Available customer funds: Customer funds, including those of Canadian residents, are held in a pooled, segregated trust account and will be available for withdrawal by customers, on demand. Canadian customers continue to be able to use their e-wallet accounts for non-gambling transactions.
Reduced Service to Turkey
In light of recent legislation passed in Turkey on 28 February 2007, which prohibits certain forms of online gambling to be offered by any “unauthorised” domestic or foreign company to citizens in Turkey, NETELLER has decided to implement a voluntary phased withdrawal of the payment services related to online gambling that it offers customers to the Turkish market.

Withdrawal of local bank funding options: Local bank deposit options for Turkey-resident customers were withdrawn on Friday 9 March 2007.
Cessation of Turkish transfers to and from online gambling merchants: The Group has ceased processing online gambling related transactions for Turkey-resident customers with effect from 6.01 AM GMT Monday 26 March 2007.
Non-gambling related services continue: Turkey-resident customers will be able to continue to use their NETELLER e-wallet account for any non-gambling related money transfers and withdrawals. Customers located in other parts of the world are not affected by this change, and NETELLER continues to service these customers in the normal manner.
Group Business Impact
The Canadian business of the NETELLER Group would likely have contributed significantly to the Group’s revenue and profitability during 2007 and the loss of this business is now likely to have a material negative impact on the Group’s results for the full year ending 31 December 2007. The Turkish business of the Group does not represent a material proportion of the Group’s overall customer base, revenue or profitability.

The Group does not anticipate making further significant reductions in staff as a result of these service changes as the Board believes that its Calgary-based operations are appropriately sized to handle the remaining non-North American business of the Group. The Group will continue to focus on the growth markets of Europe and Asia.

Other Updates
The Group’s shares will continue to be suspended from trading on AIM in view of the continuing uncertainties the Group faces. Further announcements will be made as appropriate.

The Company is working towards the finalisation of its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December 2006 and will announce the date on which these will be published to the market in due course.

The Company would, in light of recent press comment concerning its announcement of 21 March 2007, like to make clear that the 75 day period referred to in that announcement was for agreement of a plan of distribution with the United States Attorney's Office. It would remain to be determined, as part of that plan, the precise timing of the distribution of funds to US customers.

Further information is available on the Group’s website in the form of updated FAQs.


About the NETELLER Group
Trusted by millions of consumers in over 160 countries to move and manage billions of dollars each year, the NETELLER Group operates the largest independent online money transfer business in the world. The Group specializes in providing innovative and instant payment services where money transfer is difficult or risky due to identity, trust, currency exchange, or distance. Being independent has allowed the Group to support thousands of retailers and merchants in many geographies and across multiple industries.

The Group is quoted on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market, with a ticker symbol of NLR. NETELLER (UK) Limited is authorised by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to operate as a regulated e-money issuer. For more information about the Group visit www.netellergroup.com.

Media and Investor Contacts
Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Sarah Gestetner or George Cazenove
Tel: +44 (0) 207 638 9571

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Why pay for poker books and videos when you can get this sort of brilliance on YouTube?

He'd rather have A9 than 9-4 because of the straight possibilities, and everyone knows it's better to win with low cards than high cards because it makes him feel better.

'Stars screen name: bucklox

Tag 'em

Authors & Publishers

This was about the time last year I received a number of inquiries to do book reviews. And since I'm running low on reading material I could sure use any new books, previews, galley copies, whatever. If you want me to do a review for you, shoot me a line at bigslicknut at yahoo dot com.

This review offer is only good for authors and publishers of poker-related books.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Lindsey Lohan shows why we fell in love with her in that uncomfortable old-dude, young-babe kind of way...

Don't know how long ago this was taken (picked it up from TMZ.com, but it must have been pre-drug days cause she looks friggin great.
clipped from www.tmz.com
 Lindsay Lohan

The freckled phenom gives us -- or someone -- a little dance.

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Put away your tinfoil hat

Came across this one on Digg:

US company offers Wi-Fi-proof paint
Tinfoil-hat brigade rejoices

By Lewis Page
Published Friday 23rd March 2007 12:00 GMT

An American company says it has successfully tested wireless-blocking paint. EM-SEC Technologies, in a release last week, said its "Coating Solution", applied to a test facility, had successfully protected "wireless devices and other electronic equipment".

According to the company, "a one-time application of the coating creates an 'electromagnetic fortress' by preventing airborne hackers from intercepting signals".

EM-SEC reckon this would be useful for corporate offices, boardrooms, server and computer rooms, and R&D labs. It seems that wireless nets can be operated without trouble inside a painted building or room.

Since it will work great anyplace where there are no windows or doors, degenerate online poker players will have an excuse for barracading themselves in their bedrooms at their Mother's house. But it WILL save them from tinfoil hat-hair.

Next product in the pipeline: Cone of Silence

Friday, March 23, 2007

Three Ways to Run Bad in Poker

1. Call extra bets
2. AJ in the nuts
3. Weak-ass play

Back to your normal programming

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

New Yorkers Have All The Fun

I'm not there, but some of you are and it looks like the keywords for the Poker Bloggers are:

Free Booze

ProBlogger Meetup - New York - The Details
Ok - I’ve got the details of the ProBlogger Meetup in New York. Sorry for the delay in this but we wanted to get a great location. We’ve also had to change the date to one day later than previously mentioned.

The details are:

THURSDAY, March 29, 6:30pm to 9:30pm at:
Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant
121 West 45th St (between 6th and Broadway)
(212) 597-5126 phone

http://www.connollyspubandrestaurant.com

*please note this bar has three locations in the area so use the address above.

The night is being sponsored by Text Link Ads who are generously providing an open top shelf bar and food for three hours.

So if you’re in the New York area (and for those of you who have said you’re flying in for it) please come along, say g’day and have a drink with me. I’d love to meet you and would appreciate it if you could pass this information along to any other New York Bloggers who you think might be interested in a fun night.

Neteller Update

Complete Release

The Group is pleased to announce that on 20 March 2007, it signed agreements with the USAO and Navigant which, among other things, outline terms and a timeline under which NETELLER will work toward the orderly distribution of funds to its US customers. Per the agreements, the Group anticipates that within the next 75 days it will announce a plan by which the funds will be distributed to US customers. Navigant will also provide a report to the USAO on the Group’s current financial condition.

Monday, March 19, 2007

New Sponsor Introduction: Compatible Poker

As you know, I don't do reviews very frequently anymore, except for sponsors of this site. So, I'd like to introduce you to CompatiblePoker.com, where they direct you to sites that have Poker for Linux and Mac. The online poker rooms found on the site are 100% compatible with Mac and Linux without the aid of Windows software. There is also a great page that summarizes and tracks issues related to recent legislation with regards to online poker for US players.

If one aspires to be an online poker pro, one could very well find his or her profile on a page I found very interesting, having been pwned by a couple of these guys last year when I was donking it up at limits over my head. The players listed are not the Chan's, Brunsons', and Negreanu's of the world; here you read about Johnny Bax and Gigabet. No sign of Rainkhan on this page, but I'll forgive them - after all, how interesting is it to write that Rainkhan plays 30 tables simultaneously and has one move?

They also have a really cool tool for calculating the time it takes to clear a poker sign up bonus. The calculator will tell you in minutes and seconds how long it will take you to clear a bonus at 19 different sites, and at stakes up to 3/6 limit and no-limit on 6- and 10-max tables. Pretty useful for those who want to find the most efficient site for bonus-chasing at their limit.

As you can tell, there is more here than just Mac and Linux information; this site caters to all online players, regardless of their operating system. In addition to the pages above, there are strategy pages, an online poker eBook, and odds calculators. Lots of value here, so please support the folks helping to support me!


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"BSN is to poker as [blank] is to [blank]"

Fill in the blanks in the comments, then try it on your blog.

If you're brave!

Twitter

Got me a Twitter badge over there in the sidebar. Twitter is for the OCD blogger - a tool designed for the terminal live-blogger. Figured it might be cool to use to live-blog some poker games. I'll probably try it tonight, so check back here.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Fat Dan

Found this in an article about Jim Gaffigan, in the NYT:

If Mr. Gaffigan’s “meet and greet” in Charlotte was any indication, audience members can expect customized autographs like the following: “Jeff, take your hand off my butt”; “Rob, stop hitting on my wife”; “You’re paler than me”; and “Fat Dan: You make a great omelet.” Considering that Mr. Gaffigan, 40, would never be categorized as an insult comic — his shows deliberately contain no profanity — that last message was extracted only with some prodding.

“Does he like to be called Fat Dan?” he asked a fan in his 20s, who identified himself as Dan’s brother.

“Yeah, he calls himself Fat Dan,” Mr. Gaffigan was assured.

So, Fat Dan, what say you?

Laptop Tilt

Grrrr...

Need. Laptop. Back.

Mrs. Big went OFF last night when I made the mistake of going a little late with a pair of SNGs. Cashed in each and had one completely in hand heads-up with a 5-1 chip advantage, and had to start pushing just to get off the damn PC.

Yeah, 2nd place.

I knew what I was doing. Told my opponent, also, who just waited me out until he got cards. Or, thought he got cards - he hit two 3-outers during this process.

Good Lord...

Now, it appears my laptop got shipped to the wrong repair center at RadioShack. Fucker. I asked the dude if he was sure he was sending it to the right place. Of course, customer service at RS is telling me their systems are down and get a status for me. Fucker.

That's what I get for surfing japanese porn sites.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

An ignominious end

Well, I think I busted out somewhere around 18th or 19th in last night's Mookie, I think. I was playing very well early, but then I got very lucky early by hitting a 2-outer for all my chips and lost the bulk of them a few hands later when I made a good read, had a good draw that improved slightly on the turn, but I inexplicably didn't see and read a huge improvement on the river for Drizz.

I suck.

I busted a little while later, losing with AQ over the mighty 4-7 offsuit. No fault there for either one of us, as I was so short it was literally an ATC situation for both.

Actually, things have been going ok in the last week or so in the SNG arena. Stopped playing those crack-baby turbos and slowed my game down a bit, and it's paying off. So, we'll see if it keeps paying off long-term.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Yep, that's right...


I'm donating tonight! I give Mrs. Big until 11:01 before she starts beating on me to go all-in every hand so I can bust out and get to sleep.
Just so's ya' know...

Monday, March 12, 2007

Hooking-up

Yes, it's time for Spring Cleaning around here, namely in the blogroll.

Bloggers (ONLY!): If you're linking to me and I'm not linking to you, let me know. If you want a link exchange, you show me yours first, then I'll show you mine. The link, that is. Of course, if you're female, send a picture of your boobs. ;-)

If I'm linking to you and you're not linking to me, you've hurt my feelings. :-(

Commercial Sites: Don't ask for link exchanges. I charge for ads. I know the difference between a blog and a commercial website. Like pornography, I can't describe it but I know it when I see it.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Open Post: The Push

I've written two articles about using the pre-flop push as a tool over at Pokahblog.

Part 1: The Short-Stack
Part 2: When you're the fish

Feel free to post comments below.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Not poker-related, but....

... since some of you appreciate soccer, and others appreciate great marketing, I came across this:
Before a recent football match between Argentina and Brazil (an
archrivalry), an Argentinean condom company posted ad to let Brazilians know
what will presumably happen to them at the upcoming bout.









Well, Brazil won the match prompting the Brazillian Football organization
to run this ad:



.

Cool tool

Here's something to help get through Iggy's next Uber: Online Speed Reader

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I'm working on series of posts about when it's proper to use the all-in push pre-flop over at Pokahblog. Please drop by and check in out.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Funny

At first, I thought this was a spam comment and started to delete it - then I realized it was anonymous and there were no links.

That means it may very well be the most. insane. comment. ever.

Anonymous said...
yOUTUBE. "You pay something for everything you do." ie we intend on continuing the theater up there to ensure even frewer disfavoreds make it.I think this, search engines and such are all for distraction purposes. Having endured such skewed searches I know personally the computer decides what hits I am allowed and which are prevented.They say some trolls in chat rooms are the computer. Yes I suspect they have some ringers, likely some difsavoreds segmentted thinking they are earning, but ALL THIS INTERNET-BASED COMPUTER SHIT CAN ALL BE DONE BY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.

Everyone is gone. 2000 was a big deal. Yahoo, Google are all filled with brain-less clones, doing the bidding of the gods. Unlike Hollywood their roles as monsters will wait until the next level, Planet Corporate, aka Purgatory.What perplexes me is why the gods would remain so soft on pure tools, allowing for open doors for them to achieve a brain, achieving legitimacy? it seems as if clones without brains are the ultimate in disposability, anything else defeats the purpose. Things like free MP3 dwonloads hurt people. Search engines, youtube is for distraciton purposes, to consume peopel's attention to ensure they don't find the path and ascend.

Poker/gambling web sites are all controlled by the computer. Other players in the room can be the computer, role playing virtually, stealing the disfavored's money in real time. Other times other players are disfavored, like that fat bastard on ESPN yesterday, granting them good cards so fat bastard never gets a job, ensuring he has no chance in this life and has to be reincarnated.But they CAN and DO use the computer to do ALL of this.

Before you abandon the web for Las Vegas understand they have the power to shuffle a deck of cards in the desired order as the dealer holds it in her hands. Gambling is degenerate. As time has prgressed it has become an acceptable vice, but so has casual sex.Life has deteriorated hard in the last 40 years, for they are paving the way for The End.
3:16 PM

Tilt

So, my nearly-new laptop decided to take a crap over the weekend, just when I needed to make butt-loads of posts on my various bloggery things.

Blog-tilt.

Which of course means that I will be unable to prove what I donkey I truly am by going bust in the first 15 minutes of tomorrow's Mookie. Mrs. Big just don't roll with 10 pm tourneys going on 3 feet from her head while she's sleeping.

Laptop-tilt.

Also, if you haven't read Al's trip report I linked to the McCarran post over there in the sidebar. Nobody writes a trip report like Al. Brilliant.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Big Gay Post Warning: No Poker Content!!!

I'm getting a big, slick, nut right now....



Tyra Banks gets to second base with the next Mrs. Big, Katherine McPhee!!

Damn, I wish I was a tall, African-American supermodel...

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Luckbox debut

Yes, I caught extremely lucky when I had to. Not much of a display of skill, mostly pushed out of fear during the bubble. What can I say, I suck.

Came back from 125 with blinds at something like 100/200 or something like that. Like I said, extremely lucky. Much thanks to Mookie for hosting.

This was a cool hand:


That's all for now. I need to get up in a couple hours. 'Night all.